Guyana Foundation launches mental health programme

Guyana Foundation launches mental health programme

The Guyana Foundation which is a non-profit organisation that intends to push for development in Guyana, has announced the launching of an ambitious two-phase national mental health programme. The new initiative is being supported by UK donor, Mr. Joe Moore.

The Foundation is headed by former Peoples National Congress/Reform Executive Member Supriya Singh.

According to a release from the foundation, the new initiative to tackle mental health, will be done on a national scale. It will seek to raise awareness of mental health through the media, while educating persons through seminars which will take place across the country.

Additionally, the new programme will seek to provide outreaches to those communities which are greatly affected by mental health issues. The foundation announced that it intends to network with its international partners to improve the quality of service being offered to persons dealing with mental health issues.

 “The Guyana Foundation will continue to do as much as we can on our own with the hope that the relevant authorities will recognize our efforts and that the nation can begin to work together as a team to stop the senseless loss of life that we have been watching pass before our eyes .It must stop now”, the release from the organisation stated.

The foundation wants all citizens to become involved in its efforts to tackle the mental health problem in Guyana since it believes that poverty and hardship are causing severe mental health breakdowns. According to the foundation,  it is committed to leading an honest and public discussion about the mental health issues facing the Guyanese population, to fight to de-stigmatize mental illness, and to ensure that individuals with mental health problems can eventually access treatment and support services in an efficient manner.

The organisation said “if you are a neighbor, a brother, a sister, a friend, a stranger with a good heart you have the responsibility to reach out to assist those who are on the brink of a mental breakdown. Lets work together on this. We appeal to all to assist with this program”.

The organisation could be reached via email at [email protected], or you could call its office at 225-4414.

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